Three women who lost their lawsuit against an adult store owner in 2013 are taking their case to the South Dakota Supreme Court Tuesday morning.
Megan Ruschenberg, Jessica Cornelius and Heather Rensch sued former Annabelle’s and Olivia’s adult store owner David Eliason for sexual assault and harassment.
Ruschenberg accuses Eliason of sexually assaulting her on two occasions while she worked as a clerk at the adult stores. She also alleges Eliason gave her $450 for an abortion after she got pregnant. Ruschenberg never reported that she was raped and continued to work at the stores after the abortion.
Cornelius also accuses Eliason of sexually assaulting her while she worked at the adult stores and Rensch says Eliason sexually harassed her while she worked for him.
Criminal charges were never filed in any of the cases and Eliason was cleared of all wrongdoing following a jury trial for the civil lawsuit in March of 2013. Eliason admitted that he did have consensual sex with one of the accusers.
The three women are now taking their case in front of the South Dakota Supreme Court arguing that the judge should have never allowed the jury to hear about Ruschenberg’s abortion. They also believe testimony from one of Eliason’s business partners who made several misstatements during the trial should have never been allowed.